The Author of the world wants to communicate with us, but that process proves difficult. Contact with life beyond the pages of our story always unsettles us. Thus, angels usually being their messages by saying, “fear not.” Thus, the Author has chosen a few individuals to bear the brunt of Divine communication, to talk to God and humans. We call these people prophets and generally think of them having extremely difficult lives. Sanity is hard when your mind tries to live in two worlds. Life is hard when you see things others do not. Still, they help us orient ourselves to the Author and the story-arc of the world.
We seldom recognize prophets because their primary purpose is to tell us things we don’t want to hear – truths about the world we have failed to see or accept. Usually we only know them in retrospect. The most famous prophets brokered agreements between the Author and humans that try to bring us back into harmony: Noah, Abraham, and Moses. We remember them for providing key insights into the way the world works.
[Many books of the Hebrew Scriptures (aka Old Testament or Tanakh) are titled for the prophets they describe or by whom they were composed. The “Major Prophets” speak at length and to broad topics. They are Isaiah, Jeremiah, (the author of) Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The “Minor Prophets” deal more concretely with specific instances or times. They are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Moses’ contribution extends to all of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).]